When we started sharing QM Bitty Blocks last January, we had no idea people would be so enamored with our free quilt block patterns. It’s been inspiring to hear about the fun you’re having with these adorable little designs.
And if time flies when you’re having fun, it’s no wonder that the end is already upon us, because we’ve had a riot!
Let’s look back.
And that brings us to December: Bitty Pinwheels! Find the step-by-step tutorial for Bitty Pinwheels.
And find the printer-friendly free quilt block pattern for Bitty Pinwheels on our Bitty Blocks homepage.
Paula Stoddard is our managing editor, which means that she keeps all the QM balls in the air. We’d be lost without her. But here’s the thing—after thinking about quilts and projects all day long, at night she goes home and sews! Her children are grown and she’s in a season that allows her to be prolific. So it’s no wonder that she’s the one who kept up with the Bitties and recently joined them all together into one big fabulous quilt.
I’d call Paula’s fabric choices bright pastels—they’re happy (like she is) but not in-your-face neon.
There is still a softness to them.
Notice how there are some very dark fabrics like navy blue and black. I think these help to give the quilt some dimension.
If you ever see a quilt that looks rather “flat,” check to see if there are some very darks or very lights. Chances are they’ll be missing!
Paula auditioned quite a few different fabrics for the sashing. Several of us offered feedback on the options when she asked us. You’ll want to decide on sashing after your blocks are made. Be sure to put them up on a design wall, or another vertical surface if you don’t have a design wall. Nothing beats this method for really evaluating how things are going to look. Use a sheet or a flannel-backed tablecloth tacked to the wall, but get those blocks up before you decide!
And now without further adieu, here is the full Bitty Blocks quilt top that Paula made this year.
Paula decided on plain borders for her quilt. We originally drew the row quilts with checkerboard borders but after Paula’s quilt center was finished, she felt they weren’t necessary. I would agree. In fact, they may have distracted from the action at the quilt’s center. I think she made a good decision.
You’ll have to decide for yourself if you want plain borders or checkerboard borders. Or maybe you’ll come up with something all your own!
The checkerboard patches shown in the original row quilt drawings are cut 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ to finish at 1″ x 1″. The inside border is 1″ wide (cut 1-1/2″ wide), so you’ll need to figure out how many checkerboard patches there are based on how many rows you made and what sizes they are. I’ll talk more about this next week to help you!
We have kicked around the idea of doing more Bitty Blocks in 2016. I’m inviting your feedback. Would you like Quiltmaker to keep going with #qmbittyblocks? Please let us know in the comments. And if your quilting friends haven’t heard about Bitty Blocks, please help us spread the word. The patterns are all free on our Bitty Blocks homepage.
Thank you for joining us on this project. It’s been great fun!